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Antonio Rüdiger Tackles Poverty in Sierra Leone

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Antonio Rüdiger, a renowned footballer, has not only made a name for himself on the field but also off it through his philanthropic efforts in Sierra Leone. This article highlights Rüdiger’s charitable work and its significance in addressing poverty in the country.

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1. The Antonio Rüdiger Foundation:

In 2022, Rüdiger established his own foundation with the aim of tackling poverty in Sierra Leone. The foundation focuses on funding access to education, promoting inclusivity in sports, and providing crisis response support. Rüdiger’s dedication to making a positive impact in his mother’s homeland is commendable.

2. Funding Education:

Rüdiger recognizes the importance of education in breaking the cycle of poverty. He donated over $100,000 to support Sierra Leone’s Free Quality Education initiative, benefiting millions of primary and secondary school children. By investing in education, Rüdiger empowers young individuals to create a better future for themselves and their communities.

3. Inclusivity in Sports:

During a visit to Sierra Leone’s Amputee football team, Rüdiger emphasized the importance of inclusivity in sports. He believes that individuals with disabilities should not be excluded from the game they love. Rüdiger’s support for the team showcases his commitment to promoting equal opportunities and challenging societal norms.

4. Crisis Response:

Rüdiger’s foundation also provides support during times of crisis. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he sent food to frontline health workers and distributed 60,000 masks to the general population. By addressing immediate needs, Rüdiger demonstrates his compassion and dedication to improving the lives of those affected by crises.

5. Leading by Example:

Rüdiger’s personal involvement in his philanthropic work sets him apart from other celebrities. He traveled to Sierra Leone and personally donated £40,000 to kickstart his foundation. Rüdiger aims to inspire the younger generation in Sierra Leone, showing them that they too can make a difference in their communities.


Antonio Rüdiger’s philanthropic work in Sierra Leone serves as a beacon of hope for the underprivileged. Through his foundation, he addresses issues such as education, inclusivity, and crisis response. Rüdiger’s commitment to making a positive impact demonstrates the power of individual efforts in combating poverty. His work not only provides immediate relief but also empowers individuals to build a better future. Antonio Rüdiger’s philanthropy sets an example for other sports personalities to follow, inspiring a collective effort to create a more equitable society.

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Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean activist, storyteller, and blogger. He was born in Sierra Leone but later relocated to Guinea as a refugee because of the war in his country. Sallu Kamuskay uses his phone to engage on social media, under the name ‘’Salone Messenger’. He Co-Founded the Salone Messenger platform after his experience of the war, Ebola, and injustices. According to him, silence was the root cause of war, and of many social injustices, we continue to face as a nation. In 2013, during the Ebola crisis, Sallu Kamuskay took the risk and volunteered to fight Ebola. He spent some months in both safe and unsafe places; helping the victims and telling their sad stories. The election in 2018, left a divided country with communities fighting on tribal lines. This inspired Sallu Kamuskay to serve as the coordinator of the United Sierra Leone peace concert, which was organized in 4 major parts of the country, targeting violent communities and troubled youth. Sallu Kamuskay led a group of entertainers, activists, and organizations across the country on a peace tour, a program supported by the European Union, United Sierra Leone, Africa Union, ECOWAS, and the Messeh Leone Trust. Sallu Kamuakay has also served as a staff writer for the Hidden Voices Magazine. Over the years, Sallu Kamuskay has been using his Techno phone to be able to tell stories, the phone he used to tell the story of Gbessay during Ebola who was admitted at one of the Ebola treatment centers after rumors that she had Ebola when the actual sickness was ulcer, she was almost abandoned at the treatment canter with no medication provided to her. She could have died. Sallu told the story via social media and was able to secure funding from the United Sierra Leone to buy her medication and advocated for her. She was later discharged and taken home, He did the same to a patient that died and was abandoned in the street, Sallu Kamuskay used his phone and shared the message across, the corps was later taken and buried. It could have been more disaster without his voice. The story of late America Stress 3-year-old daughter. The hero’s daughter was abandon after his father's death. He shared her sad story and was able to get a sister who has taken the child as her own and is currently providing her with educational support. The article of America Stress can be read on the link below Sallu Kamuskay feels the stories of Gbessay, America stress and that of many others need to be told. The media house we have cannot better tell these stories, they are better reporters than telling human interest stories. He created the Salone Messenger platform and brought together passionate storytellers to be able to tell these compelling stories.
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